Judge: Teen Can Attend Catholic School Over Atheist Dad's Objection

A judge has ruled that a teen can attend a Louisville Catholic high school, despite objections by his atheist father.

Oldham County family court Judge Tim Feeley said in a ruling published Monday that 14-year-old Michael Ryan can attend St. Xavier High School because that's where he wants to go.

His divorced parents disagreed over whether their son should go to the religious school, which his mother Susan Bisig wanted.

David Ryan's lawsuit argued that the state's Constitution says no one can be "compelled to send his child to any school to which he may be conscientiously opposed."

But The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reports on its Web site that the judge was persuaded th

at it was in the teenager's best interest to attend St. Xavier.

David Ryan's attorney said they will probably appeal the ruling.